FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA475
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Apopka, FL
Aircraft: BEECH 200, registration: N369CD
NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
AIRCRAFT ON LANDING WENT OFF THE RUNWAY AND STRUCK A TREE, APOPKA, FLORIDA.
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 200
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
APOPKA, Fla. - A small plane caught fire after a minor crash Saturday at Orlando Apopka Airport, police said.
It happened around 4 p.m. at the airport at 1321 Apopka Airport Road.
Police said the pilot, identified as David Wishneski, was aiming to land on the runway but hit a tree after catching wind.
Fuel leaked and the plane caught fire. Police said the fire was quickly extinguished.
The pilot suffered a minor laceration to the head, but was not hospitalized.
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APOPKA, Fla. —A pilot escaped serious injury when his plane hit a tree and caught fire while landing Saturday at the Orlando Apopka Airport.
The plane skidded off the runway while coming in for landing about 3:30 p.m.
The pilot, David Wishneski, escaped the crash with just a scratch to his head.
"I got caught by a gust of wind about ready to touch down and the wind picked up the left wing. I attempted to a go around and put power back in but by then it was too late," Wishneski said.
The plane's right wing came off and the engine caught on fire.
Wishneski was the only person on board.
The plane is a 1976 Beechcraft King Air 200. One expert said it's worth about $250,000.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.
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The pilot of a small plane suffered minor injuries after crashing into a tree while attempting to land at Orlando Apopka airport Saturday afternoon, police said.
David Wishneski, 71, was coming in for a landing about 3:30 p.m. but lifted back up when a gust of wind blew his Beechcraft King Air 200 plane from the runway and into a tree, said Apopka police Sgt. Ed Chittenden.
"He had basically landed but was going to make another pass at it and lifted back up when a strong gust got him," Chittenden said. "Pilots will do that often when they don't have enough space to land. They'll lift back off and do it again."
Aviation fuel leaked after the crash and caused a fire that scorched the grass and tree, Chittenden said. The incident caused a delay at the airport and planes were unable to land for several hours.
Photos of the plane show the right wing and engine was destroyed in the incident.
Wishneski was the only person on board during the crash and suffered a laceration to his head.
He refused to be taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to be OK, Chittenden said.